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Subject: Re: Lightroom question
From: Lea Murphy <lea@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Thu, December 08, 2011 11:15 pm
To: List for Photo/Imaging Educators - Professionals - Students
I use two...one for work and one or personal but I only split them earlier this year and ive neeb using LR for about five years. I like it just fine as my catalogs are very separate and easily identifiable as such. I split them because of speed; I have over 60,000 images in personal and about that many in work. Lightroom should be able to handle them combined with ease but it couldn't/didn't. So in the interest in getting along with my work I split them. It works like a charm for me but it was simpler when they were one. Simpler meaning only that I didn't have to close one catalog to open another...it's not hard, just a step that as to be done.
All that being said, I have heard of catalogs with hundreds of thousands of images in them running just fine. I do believe mine was a glitch but I, and other tech folks, couldn't find it so splitting made the most sense.
We do know it wasn't a ram issue...I have 22 gigs.
Keep it one as long as you can. You'll know when you can't.
the most wonderful things in life aren't things
Ok after my initial study of Lightroom (and this is a barely understand level) is there any real advantage to multiple catalogs and if so why? Keyword searches apparently search only one catalog at a time. My files are mostly arranged via folders anyway. Is there any reason to make more than one catalog? The only reason I could think of would be speed.